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Tomasson: Thunder Coach Scott Brooks' Father Figure Was a Blazer

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Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida.com has a great read on Father's Day. Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks talks about the man who helped raise him, Bill Stricker, a scrub who played one game for the expansion 1970-71 Portland Trail Blazers. ------------------------------------ The 6-foot-9 forward was then a rookie out of the University of the Pacific in Stockton. For the first 16 games of the season for the expansion Trail Blazers, Stricker sat on the bench, never taking off his warmups. "The fans would yell, 'We want Stricker. Put in Stricker,"' he said, while the Trail Blazers started the season 5-11 before he ever played. "When a team's not doing very well, people say, 'How come that guy never plays?"' ... "I averaged more points per minute in my career than Michael Jordan. More than twice as many points," Stricker said. "I had a whole new expression from having your 15 minutes of fame. I had two minutes of fame." ------------------------------------ Stricker met Brooks, by chance, at a youth basketball camp and has mentored him for decades. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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